Japanese Butterfly Lace Beret

Yeah, it’s not too terribly exciting to look at right now, but I’m very eager to see how it turns out.

And yes, I know that I have the Peacock Stole I should be working on…and that my head is still bare and releasing precious heat every time I wander outside in this frigid landscape. I really should be focusing on those projects.

However, I was sitting in church last week, and I started just looking around the congregation and when my gaze fell upon one of my friends I had the thought to make a hat for her. Having plans to start making a hat for myself after I finished the Bella Mittens, I shook my head and dismissed the thought–it’s not my job to furnish the world with handknit goods.

However, during Relief Society that same friend said something about promptings: “Just do it, even if you have no idea why.” So I decided to make her a hat.

This is the Lace Beret Pattern (#13) from Vogue Knitting’s Fall 2009 issue. I’m using KnitPick’s Bare Merino Wool Sock Yarn, from the stash, after deciding that I wasn’t going to buy any more yarn this year. I’ve never actually knit with just plain white before, and I’m really liking how it’s turning out.

I am becoming envious of this beret…but I can’t pilfer two intended gifts in a row, so this will most definitely go to its intended recipient. And besides, it probably won’t even fit me anyway because I have an enormous head and I’m making this in the smaller size. Thwarting my own greediness from the start…smart move.

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